It's time for Donna's Personal Photo Challenge and it's all about movement this month.
And speaking of movement...
...for some reason, our hummingbirds left us for a few weeks earlier this summer.
We still don't know why, but we surely were glad when they decided to come back.
For years I've been trying to get some good photos of those quick little guys and gals.
Capturing a decent photo of those little hummers is not an easy task...
...especially with a little point-n-shoot.
This first shot was from last summer...not the best example of great photography,
but there was something I liked about the movement it displayed.
It was taken with my tried and true little old Sony P & S.
Even though it is a mass of blur, I liked how you are able to make out every part of the bird...
...yet still see all of the action going on.
I had the camera sitting right up to the window on a tripod, set on macro setting...
...with the zoom extended as far as it could go, clicking the shutter as fast as I could.
Edits were done in Picasa and Picmonkey.
A couple of months ago, I was finally able to upgrade to a DSLR (yay!)
so, I've been doing some experimenting with my new camera and zoom lens.
These next two were taken using a 300 mm zoom lens, f/9.5, 1/500 sec., ISO-800, using a tripod,
through the glass door since I couldn't get them to come around while I was outside.
I thought this one showed another interesting example of motion as it quickly flew away.
Buh-bye little hummer!
Our feeders were drained dry while were out of town last weekend
and we haven't seen the hummers this week, although it is still quite warm here.
We put out new nectar today so we'll see if they return.
Just maybe, I'll get a few more shots taken before they leave us for the season!
Have a fantastic weekend!